Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The House in Quill Court by Charlotte Betts. I love anything set in the Regency era and this book was no exception!
Venetia Lovell lives by the sea in Kent with her pretty, frivolous mother and idle younger brother. Venetia’s father, Theo, is an interior decorator to the rich and frequently travels away from home, leaving his sensible and artistic daughter to look after the family. Venetia designs paper hangings and she and her father often daydream about having an imaginary shop where they would display the highest quality furniture, fabrics and art to his clients.
When a handsome but antagonistic stranger, Jack Chamberlaine, arrives at the Lovell’s cottage just before Christmas bringing terrible news, Venetia’s world is turned upside-down and the family have no option but to move to London, to the House in Quill Court and begin a new life. Here, Venetia’s courage and creativity are tested to breaking point, and she discovers a love far greater than she could have ever imagined . . .
Quite a few months back now I read my first book by Charlotte Betts, The Chateau on the Lake. I absolutely loved it. I couldn’t wait to get into another of her books.
Protagonist Venetia seems to have a very special relationship with her father and that is clear from page one. However, Venetia learns that her father had some big secrets after his shocking death; he had a whole other family in London. As I liked Venetia immediately I felt really sorry for her. Not only has her father died but she’s found out about his secret life. She is then forced to move in with them in their London house.
What I loved the most about The House in Quill Court was the setting. Betts manages to write about the Regency era in a really new and refreshing way. Venetia loves interior design and this is something she worked on with her father before he died. Their dream was to open up their own shop. I absolutely loved seeing this come to life. Not only was it a lovely setting for a chunk of the story but it also worked well for Venetia’s character. She was such an independent and feisty lady!
The House in Quill Court also has loads else going on as well, which was fantastic! Not only do we get to see the (sort of) richer side of life but there is a whole story line which focuses on the not so fortunate. The contrast was fantastic but everything was also tied together really well to stop making it two completely different stories.
Of course, there is also a lovely romance in this novel. What I love about Charlotte Betts’ books is that the romance really isn’t the focus of the plot. While I do obviously like this about a book it’s not everything. Betts is fantastic at writing a slow burning romance that you still love to read about, which was exactly the case here!
As you can probably tell, I thoroughly enjoyed The House in Quill Court.
The House in Quill Court is released on 25th August by Piatkus!
Be sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour!